Archive: 2010

June 23, 2010

Now Zad rehab paves way for economic progress

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 21, 2010) — Afghan and ISAF forces are supporting the reconstruction and development of Now Zad District, once known for being the largest producer of fruit in Helmand Province, but that in recent years has suffered destruction and been considered dangerous by its inhabitants.

June 22, 2010

Marines make most of life at FOB Edinburgh

FOB EDINBURGH, Afghanistan (June 21, 2010) — Life here is austere and Spartan at best. Howling winds coat everything with a talcum-like dust, there are few escapes from the searing heat, electricity is scarce, hot meals are a rarity yet the morale is probably the highest I have seen in southern Afghanistan. Albeit a rough place to live and nestled in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country – Edinburgh is a haven for the warriors of Marine Wing Support Squadron 274. Salaam Bazaar, Musa Qal'eh, and Now Zad ring the small forward operating base and Taliban strongholds are visible on the imposing mountains looming just a few miles from the base.

June 21, 2010

Gates sees Afghanistan progress despite challenges

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2010) – Though U.S. operations in Afghanistan are proving to be a “tough pull,” as was predicted, progress is being made nonetheless, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.

June 21, 2010

Tigris span will aid farmers, trade in Salman Pak

BAGHDAD – A group of Connecticut Army National Guard engineers is working to construct a new bridge spanning the Tigris River near Salman Pak.

June 21, 2010

Afghan, ISAF troops complete first task in Op. New Dawn

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan and ISAF troops completed their first task of establishing an observation post in support of Operation New Dawn Thursday.

June 13, 2010

McChrystal assesses first year of command in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 10, 2010) – A year to the day after he met here with NATO officials on his way to take command of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal today reviewed the progress achieved there over the last 12 months and provided his perspective for the year to come.

June 10, 2010

U.S.-Pakistan exchange on defense planning

Joint U.S. - Pakistan Statement Pakistan-United States Strategic Dialogue Defense Working Group: Exchange on Defense Planning

June 10, 2010

Manas Airmen deliver $10k in aid to Maevka villagers

TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan — Airmen from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, donated $10,000 worth of household goods purchased off the local economy June 7, 2010, to families of Maevka Village whose homes were damaged or destroyed during the revolution here April 7, 2010.

June 9, 2010

President applauds U.N. sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON (June 9, 2010) – President Barack Obama today lauded the U.N. Security Council’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iran for violating its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations.

June 8, 2010

British, Afghan troops push back Taliban in Nad 'Ali

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 8, 2010) — British soldiers and Afghan security forces have been involved in a dramatic push south into insurgent-held territory to move Taliban fighters away from the population centers of the southern Nad 'Ali district and establish new patrol bases.